Microgynon 30 Pill

  • Prevents Pregnancy (99% effective)
  • 21 daily tablets with 7 day break
  • 3 and 6 month courses available
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What is Microgynon 30 contraceptive pill?

Microgynon 30 is a combined oral contraceptive pill (commonly known as 'The Pill'). Microgynon is taken by women to prevent pregnancy.

It is one of the most reliable reversible forms of contraception, when taken correctly.

Microgynon 30 is a 21-day pill; you take it for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break where no pills are taken.

Also available as Microgynon 30 ED (Every Day) contraceptive pill.

This combined pill is only available to buy on prescription. You can buy Microgynon 30 online from Medicine Direct after a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists. They will review your medical history and prescribe you this contraceptive pill if they find it safe for you to use.

You can then order Microgynon 30 from our online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and we can also offer you next day delivery, allowing you to have contraceptive protection almost straight away.

How effective is Microgynon 30 at stopping me becoming pregnant?

If used correctly, the combined pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

It is best to start taking Microgynon 30 on the first day of your period. This will mean you are protected against pregnancy straight away.

How does Microgynon 30 work as a contraceptive pill?

Microgynon 30 contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. When taken correctly, these hormones work to stop you from getting pregnant in three ways:

  • They prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg.
  • They make the mucus in your cervix thicker, making it harder for sperm to enter the womb.
  • They prevent the lining of the womb from thickening enough for an egg to grow inside it.

What are the benefits of Microgynon 30?

Taking Microgynon 30 comes with various advantages for the women who take this form of contraceptive pill:

  • When taken properly, Microgynon is one of the most reliable forms or reversible contraceptives.
  • It does not interrupt your sex life.
  • Microgynon may help with pre-menstrual symptoms.
  • It will normally make your periods lighter, more regular and less painful.
  • If used in the long term, the pill may reduce your risk of ovarian and womb cancer.

What are the disadvantages of Microgynon 30?

The disadvantages of taking Microgynon include:

  • It does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (only condoms can do this).
  • It can increase your risk of health problems, including blood clots and breast cancer.
  • Some women cannot take the Microgynon pill if they have pre-existing medical problems.

Alternatives to Microgynon

There are various different contraceptive pills and other forms of contraception for women that can be used as an alternative to Microgynon. These include:

  • The contraceptive patch
  • An IUD
  • Eloine
  • Femodette
  • Gedarel
  • Mercilon
  • Cerazette

You can discuss alternative forms of contraceptive if this combined pill is not suitable for you to take.

Who should not take Microgynon 30?

Microgynon 30 is not suitable for everyone to take.

Do not use this contraceptive pill if any of the below apply to you:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in Microgynon pills (please see the Ingredients tab for full information)
  • You have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs, lungs or other organ
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time
  • You have ever had a stroke or a heart attack
  • You know that you have any disorder that affects your blood clotting
  • You have or have ever had angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack (temporary stroke symptoms)
  • You have ever had a migraine with aura
  • You have ever had liver tumours
  • You have ever had a severe liver disease and your doctor has told you that your liver function has not yet returned to normal
  • You have or have ever had breast cancer
  • You have hepatitis C and are taking any medicines that contain ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, dasabuvir, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir

You may be at a higher risk of a blood clot if you have any of the following health problems:

  • Very high blood pressure
  • Severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
  • Very high levels of fat in the blood
  • Hyperhomocysteinaemia

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this combined pill if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have just given birth
  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • You have diabetes
  • You have varicose veins
  • You have inflammation of the veins under the skin
  • You have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • You have pancreatitis
  • You have high levels of fat in the blood, or a family history of this problem
  • You have migraines
  • You are obese
  • You have any illness that was made worse by previously using the contraceptive pill or during pregnancy
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time
  • You have porphyria
  • You have any symptoms of angioedema
  • You or a close family member has ever had any heart or circulation problems, such as high blood pressure

Possible side effects

Like all medication, Microgynon 30 can cause side effects, although not everyone who takes it will be affected by them.

Common side effects include:

  • Weight gain
  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling sick
  • Headache
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Depressive mood or mood swings

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Migraines
  • Fluid retention
  • Stomach upset
  • Vomiting
  • Breast enlargement
  • A skin rash, which may itch

Some people have also reported the following:

  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • Chloasma
  • Bleeding and spotting between periods

Speak to your doctor if any of these bother you or don't go away. This list is not exhaustive; please refer to the Side Effects tab for more information.

How should I take Microgynon 30?

Always take the contraceptive pill exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Microgynon

Ideally, you should start taking Microgynon 30 on the first day of your period; this will mean that you are protected against pregnancy straight away.

Swallow these contraceptive pills whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew the pill.

Each Microgynon 30 strip contains 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week. Take one pill every day for 21 days. Take the pill around the same time every day. Start by taking a pill that is marked by the correct day of the week.

Once you have finished the 21 pills, there will be seven days where you do not take any pills. During this time, you will have a normal bleed. If you have taken the pill as instructed, you will not need to use an extra form of contraception during the seven day break.

After seven days, start your next strip of contraceptive pills straight away. As long as you take Microgynon 30 correctly, you will always start a new strip of pills on the same day of the week.

What if I miss a pill?

If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills in the same day. Missing one pill should not reduce your contraceptive protection.

If you have missed more than one pill, you should use an additional form of contraception, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

Microgynon Side effects

Rare side effects of Microgynon 30 include:

  • A harmful blood clot in a vein or artery, such as in a leg, lung or other organ, stroke or heart attack
  • Poor contact lens tolerance
  • Vaginal or breast discharge
  • Increased libido
  • Weight loss

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer from a serious allergic reaction to Microgynon.

You must call 999 or go to A&E right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • Your face, mouth, tongue, throat or lips start swelling
  • You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak

You might be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects and how to deal with them. If you are worried about side effects, please speak to your doctor before you start to use Microgynon.

Microgynon Warnings and Drug Interactions

Which medicines interact with Microgynon 30?

Before you buy Microgynon, make sure you tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are already using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, make sure they are aware if you are taking any of the following medication:

  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Certain medicines for the HIV and hepatitis C infections
  • The antifungal medication griseofulvin
  • Certain sedatives (barbiturates)

Microgynon 30 can also interact with the functions of other medicines; your doctor may need to adjust your dose.

What else do I need to know?

Microgynon 30 contains sucrose and lactose. If your doctor has informed you that you are allergic to certain sugars, speak to them before you use this combined pill.

Before you buy Microgynon, your doctor will take your blood pressure, and ask you about your family's medical history.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Microgynon 30 if you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test before you stop taking the pill if you think you might be pregnant. Speak to your doctor immediately if you have become pregnant.

Your doctor may recommend an alternative form of contraception if you are breastfeeding.

Find out more on oral contraceptives during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Microgynon Ingredients

Each pack of Microgynon contains three strips of 21 pills. The active ingredients in each Microgynon pill are: 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel, and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol.

Each pill also contains the following inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, glycol montanate, titanium dioxide (E171), glycerin (E422) and ferric oxide pigment yellow (E172).

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Please note that next day delivery to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands and British Isles cannot be guaranteed. Please contact our team for more information.

Written bySonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 02/06/2021

This content has been written by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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